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crowds are gathered in cairo's tahrir square. they're protesting against president mohamed morsi and egypt's new constitution. thousands of protesters are supporting the president. they had have constitution one day after it was quickly approved. reza siayah has the news. >> reporter: we have seen hundreds of thousands of egyptians protest against president morsi and the muslim brotherhood. now it's the president's supporters and the broorthhood saying it's our turn. >> we support president morsi and his decision. >> we all support president morsi because this decision, we all need it. >> reporter: it's hard to say how many people are here. some say over 100,000. all say they support the president and just like the opposition faction, they can put on a mass demonstration, too. >> this is the real citizens of egypt. >> what about tahrir square? what do you call tahrir square? the protesters here? >> they're protesters and this is democracy. there are people who agree and disagree. >> reporter: there are a few thousand women here but it's overwhelmingly men. they are energized chan
demonstrations in egypt as president morsi and the muslim brotherhood push through a hard-line islamist constitution. morsi supporters blocked them from entering the courthouse in order to give a ruling on this constitution. steve harrigan joins us from there. where do we stand now with this constitutional court having no ability to rule at this point? >> reporter: the most unusual situation in cairo where you have egypt's top court whose judges now say basically they are afraid to do their job. they were supposed to enter the court sunday to get to work. there was a crowd of pro-government protester surrounding that white house. the judges say they felt intimidated by the crowd both physically and psychologically intimidated. so for now they suspended all their work. martha: we can hear the sound of the protesters behind you. what i next in tahrir square? >> reporter: it's a competition between the two sides. those who support this president and those who want to drive him out of office. we have seen the protesters numbers diminish from 250,000, to sometimes 5,000 to 10,000 a day. some
executive power and pliments presidential terms. this comes just after the president there mohammed morsi granted himself sweeping new powers basically made himself a dictator. that's what first triggered the protests and less than two years after the fall of egypt's aauthoritarian leader hosni mom bark many egyptians fear their new leader and islamist allies are putting the country back on the path toward dictatorship. steve harrigan live in cairo. steve, any sign the president is willing to concede on any of this? shepard, president morsey has made no moves on compromise. one thing we have seen from supporters in the muslim brotherhood the care shown in trying to avoid any conflict or violence in the square here. that's certainly going to be put to the test tomorrow. that's when across the nation morsey supporters, people who back this president from the muslim brotherhood will hold demonstrations in support of the president and they will avoid this area around tahrir square to try to avoid getting in fights with the anti-morsey protesters. shepard. >> shepard: steve, what happens now w
there are breaking developments 24 hours after the muslim brotherhood and president morsi pushed through a constitution. tahrir square swelling with now protesters adding to those crowds. the president says the constitution is meant to protect the revolution but critics say it undermines basic freedoms, takes away rights to women. we are seeing new tactics. what are they doing? >> reporter: that's right, martha. we expect the opposition to try something new today to move here from tahrir square and march towards the presidential palace. it's a move that does have some risks. there could be conflicts with riot police who are lining the routes. they set up barbed wire. this will be a test of the opposition numbers. we have seen their numbers decline the past week but they could be energized by this attempted march on the palace. martha: we remember it was a close elect between the morsi supporters and the mainstream presidential candidate. we see them trying to find some balance in egypt and the struggle that came up with the judges over this constitution. what happened with that, steve? >
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